Eric Rhein: 360 Moons
Eric Rhein, "Veil - Self portrait," 1994, silver gelatin print, 16 x 20 in.
Having tested positive in 1987 at age 27, Eric Rhein honors three decades of creating artwork through his profound and evolving experience of being HIV-positive in 360 Moons. This intimate exhibition of photography, sculpture, and wire drawings evokes the physical, ethereal, and mystic, and reiterates Rhein's connection to the natural world. Resilience and vulnerability, loss, and survival co-exist in these "light and shadow" works, reflecting Rhein’s spiritually-driven understanding of the human condition. Comprised of mostly nudes, self-portraits, and images of past lovers, the 360 Moons series began in 1992 as captured moments of sensual self-reflection and then evolved into an artwork-as-memoir—a living testament showing the quest to live consciously and expansively.
The opening reception is October 14, 6:00-8:00 pm. Gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday 12-6pm, and by appointment. For more information, contact Bruce Bergmann, BCB Art, at (518) 828-4539, or visit the gallery's website.
This radio interview from WGXC's The Passage corresponds with the exhibition, touching on themes of art and nature, open spaces, survival, and the mystic.